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What are you reading Wednesday: Just Jenna by Diane Claire Benant

Here's what I've just been reading: JUST JENNA - debut women's fiction by Diane Claire Benant. I really enjoyed JUST JENNA. You literally spend a week inside the main character (Jenna)'s head and while that might not work in some books, I found Jenna endearing and funny enough to enjoy the experience. This is chick lit set largely on a ski holiday in France with a decidedly British flair to it. Think Bridget Jones' Diary and Love, Actually on a mountain top with...

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New book out!

I first "met" Lisa Webb, Canadian Expat Mom through a writers' group I'm in. Her site is hilarious plus genuine. It's all heart. I asked her if I could guest post and sent her a piece about how crazy a bikini wax can get in Paris for newbies who do not speak the language and find themselves half-naked and contorted with legs over their heads for zealot beauticians to rip every last hair off...

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10 Reasons to Read Moby Dick

Last Saturday (and by that I mean March 2013), I jumped onboard another of Toby Brother's awe-inspiring Literary Salons - (here in Paris) this time on Moby Dick or The Whale, by Herman Melville (published in 1851). It was 427 pages long. But in teeny-tiny font with itty-bitty footnotes. It required a halogen reading light - I dunno how 19th Century folks read it. I only received the book on Tuesday - four days before the Salon, so I...

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5 Daily Practices to Help You Write

Poetry reading I watched this TED Talk  and have started putting his five daily practices into action. Years ago, whilst doing a Meditation course in Paris, I used to write down things I was grateful for daily, but, I got lazy. At the time I knew this sort of action worked and could actually make you happier, but I wasn't sure what I wanted so didn't know what kind of life to create or imagine for myself. Watch the...

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What 'winning' Nanowrimo means to me.

At first I thought that what I wrote wasn't too bad and started imagining how quickly I can put Betty and Alabama out there in the publishing world as 'real'. Then, of course, I finished reading Jo Nesbo's The Devil's Star and I realised that my 50,000 words towards Polaroid Nights needs a) another 50,000 words, and b) some really excellent research and thinking-through of the perpetrator and crimes because c) I pretty much wrote it just from some odd...

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Nanowrimo euphoria… sort of.

I am still Nanowrimo'ing - we are three days away from November 30th and the 50,000 word goal. I'm at 44,913 words, so I am quietly confident that I can get the remaining 5,000-odd words down. Of course, that's not to say that what I've written is useable, editable or even comprehensible. I've shifted around with no transitions, I've introduced characters only to have them fade into the mist, I've changed point of view with no consistency. But that's probably how...

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